It has been a week since the devastating earthquake shook Nepal. The flow of information has been slow, especially from remote villages that have been without electricity for a while. Where normalcy is slowly coming back to Kathmandu, the people in villages of Gorkha, the epicenter of earthquake, are just beginning to receive much needed emergency supplies and relief aid. As of this morning, electricity has been restored in different areas of Taklung, a village in Gorkha. Taklung is a very special place to us. It is where our work started 15 years ago and is home to 10 of 35 women’s groups in Gorkha.
Several staff and Board members of ADWAN, our sister organization in Nepal, with deep roots in Taklung, have been leading emergency relief efforts. The team arranged delivery of much needed supplies, 45 bags of rice, and 250 tents to families in various communities. ADWAN volunteers have organized an emergency coordination committee to direct the flow of supplies to those with the most need, not with the most status!
We are staying in touch with our team via phone, email and social media, and will share more progress with you as we receive them in the coming days.
Thank you for your support and interest in this project.
EDWON Founder & President
We have now completed the projected reproductive health workshops with participation from representatives of 28 women's groups. These representatives have shared their knowledge of contraception, safe pregnancy and birth and pre- and post natal care with other members of their group. In all, around 500 women are able to take better care of themselves and their infants.
At this point, we have raised enough to cover all our expenses for the workshops, including the cost of conducting one-day follow-up workshops to reinforce what the women learned in the two-day workshop. These follow-ups are scheduled for the second half of 2015.
As we complete our current fundraising efforts, we thank our donors from the bottom of our hearts for making these life-saving interventions possible.
We refer you to our website, www.edwon.org, to learn more abou the impact of workshops, and hope you will stay in touch.
EDWON President & Founder
Babita, now 20, charms everyone she meets and is known for her curiosity and open mind. She was recently hired to support EDWON’s women’s program in Chitwon District. Her job is to help women’s empowerment groups run their savings and loan associations and teach them about their rights as women and Dalits.
She has always wanted to help people from the marginalized Dalit community, and this is a dream job for her. “As a Dalit woman, I would really like to help eliminate this caste system.” Although she cannot point to a particular incident of direct discrimination, she always worries and feels such an experience is waiting for her just around the corner.
Along with her job as EDWON’s field worker, Babita is studying education in a bachelor’s program. She has seen how young children without preschool preparation often fail in school, so early education has become her focus.
As the oldest daughter in a poor Dalit family with many children, she credits her own success to the financial support provided by the Ambitious Girls Fund. “It has given me the opportunity to study at the bachelor’s level. I am becoming a better person every day, and I can dream and take action towards my goals,” says Babita, “I hope this program will reach many more students like me.”